Government committed to bring black money, says President

New Delhi(Web Team): The budget session of Parliament  has started on Monday with President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to members of both the houses of Parliament.

The budget session contains 44 items of financial, legislative and non-legislative business. The bills replacing ordinances on raising the foreign investment limit in insurance, auctioning coal mines and changing the rules of land acquisition are some of the important legislation scheduled to be tabled during the session.

12:10 ISTMonday, 23 February 2015

President mentions that the government is actively looking to reach out to the global community. He says that Parliament is the sanctum of democracy and says government is committed to ensure that all its welfare schemes reaches the poorest of the poor. The president concludes with the words, Ek Bharat, Sreshta Bharat

12:03 ISTMonday, 23 February 2015

President now mentions about India’a relationship with different countries. He says Obama’s India visit has elevated Indo-US relationships. He says India has firmed up relationship with China. He says that India will actively try to get a place in UNSC.

11:58 ISTMonday, 23 February 2015

President mentions that terrorism and Left Wing Extremism are matters of deep concern. President mentions about Jammu and Kashmir, and how it occupies a special place in heart of people. He says that government is looking to ensure rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits. He said that government tried to provide relief facilities during Kashmir floods. ‘

Modernisation of Armed forces will have a Make In India theme to encourage domestic production.

11:55 ISTMonday, 23 February 2015

President speaks about green energy. He says that 25 mega solar parks will be started soon. President now mentions about importance of tourism and says how trains in different circuits have been put up to give tourists a chance to view them.

11:50 ISTMonday, 23 February 2015

From MSME sector to electricity sector, President Mukherjee speaks about various steps taken to reform them. President said that government is looking to expand India’s nuclear facilities with safeguards in mind. He says speculation about gas pricing has been put to rest and also mentions about reform in petroleum sector. He says that coal block auction will ultimately lead to lower power cost.

11:41 ISTMonday, 23 February 2015

President speaks about different economic steps taken by the government. He mentions that India is currently the fastest growing economy of the world. Pranab Mukherjeementions how the government is looking to make reforms in tax structures. He says government is trying its best to stop generation of black money both in India and internationally.

11:37 ISTMonday, 23 February 2015

President speaks about Aadhar based attendance system. He says that steps are being taken for decentralisation of power. He mentions NITI AAYOG in this context. President says the goal is minimum government, maximum governance.

11:35 ISTMonday, 23 February 2015

President mentions about Team India, a collaborative effort by states, centre and citizens for holistic development. He says that efffort is being made to disband outdated laws.

11:31 ISTMonday, 23 February 2015

President speaks about launch of Himmat, an app for safety of woman. President also mentions slew of schemes which will be taken for ensure safety of woman and girl child.

11:29 ISTMonday, 23 February 2015

President speaks about different schemes done for the sake of benefit of SC/ST community. He speaks about the schemes taken in the healthcare sector.

11:24 ISTMonday, 23 February 2015

President speaks about different schemes taken to ensure rural poverty alleviation. 

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President also speaks about different skill development programmes.

11:21 ISTMonday, 23 February 2015

President explains the rationale of Land Ordinance to the Parliament.

11:18 ISTMonday, 23 February 2015

President mentions Swach Bharat Mission. He says that the target is to get a Clean India by 2019. He urges MPs to spend 50% of their fund  in constituencies to ensure that the mission is done aggressively.

11:14 IST Monday, 23 February 2015

President stresses on poverty alleviation, quotes Deenadayal Upadhyay to express government’s goal. Pranab Mukherjee mentions about Jan Dhan Yojna, Rupay debit card. 13.2 crores new banlk account have been opened under Jan Dhan Yojna. The target was achieved in less than six months making it the largest such programme. Direct Benefit Transfer Programme has been extended with renewed vigour.

11:12 ISTMonday, 23 February 2015

President hopes that this session of Parliament is fruitful. He says the main motto of his government will be ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas’. President roughly outlining the policy goals of the government in the first 9 months.

11:11 ISTMonday, 23 February 2015

10:58 ISTMonday, 23 February 2015

PM Narendra Modi on the eve of Budget session has expressed hope that both house will work smoothly and everyone will work to do something good. The winter session saw heavy disruption specially in the Rajya Sabha. Alluding to it, Modi said,

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venhaiah Naidu said,

The Juvenile Justice (Care and protection of Children) Bill, The Labour Code on Wages Bill , The small factories (regulation of employment and condition of services) Bill, and The Labour Code on Industrial Relations Bill are also likely to come up during the session. Meanwhile, the Government has sought cooperation from the party leaders in both the Houses for smooth functioning of the session.

Addressing the leaders of various parties in both the Houses of Parliament at a meeting convened by the government for mutual consultations on the Budget Session yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that it is the collective responsibility of all parties and leaders to enable the people fulfil their hopes and aspirations through proper functioning of both the Houses of Parliament.

PM Modi also assured the leaders that all the issues and concerns raised by them will be discussed in an appropriate manner keeping in view their importance and priority. Last evening, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had also held a meeting of leaders of parties in the house to ensure its smooth functioning.

The first part of the budget session will continue till March 20 while the second part will commence after a month-long break from April 20 and conclude on May 8. The Rail Budget will be presented on February 26, Economic Survey on February 27 and General Budget on February 28.